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was a protest against apartheid. >> that first political act came during barack obama's sophomore year of college when he helped plan a rally calling on the school to divest itself from doing business with companies in south africa. as the "chicago tribune" reported he opened in street theater speaking a couple of minutes when two white students in paramilitary dress dragged him away mid sentence. that cameo so impressed rebecca rivera, another rally participant that she wondered why he hadn't been more politically active on campus. she made a mental note at the time to get him involved. the college didn't divest but a new leader inspired by nelson mandela was reborn. as president obama later said in his memoir, i noticed people had begun to listen to my opinion. it was a discovery that made me hungry for words. the president and first lady will travel to africa next week to pay their respects. joining us from washington, among our many other guests, austin, not washington, is msnbc's very own chris matthews. chris, we have a whole panel in new york. i want to go to you first. you spok
or more. >>> right now president obama and the first lady en route to south africa for nelson mandela's memorial service scheduled for tomorrow. they left washington on "air force one" this morning along with former secretary of state hillary clinton and former president george w. bush and his wife laura. president bill clinton and jimmy carter traveling separately to the service. two lawmakers part of a delegation heading to the country, 22 house democrats as well as illinois republican and texas senator ted cruz. the memorial is expected to draw a who's who of leaders, david cameron, prince charles, afghanistan's hamid karzai and cuba's raul castro. joining me from south africa, nbc's ron allen. can you give me a sense of what it's like on the ground and the preparations that are under way. >> it's been an amazing few days since we've been here. in case you can't hear, it's raining, it's dark. there are still crowds out there chanting, choirs, is a mood of festivity, jubilation. also grief and mourning, but for the most part it's been a time of celebrating the life of nelson mandela
on politics south of the border. >> as a person, i like president obama. i don't like his politics. i'm a conservative. i would be a republican if i was down in the states. so i don't believe in all this public funded health care. we've got to pay for it. we can't afford it. what you guys are doing down there, i can't get my head around it. >> gabriel, rob ford cannot get his head around what we're doing down here. regular irony doesn't cut it. you need a 17 tier wedding cake of irony. rob ford is mayor. we took a look at the mayoral map which i put up. rob ford's base was in the suburbs. if you how he won, his support is among poor -- it's across racial lines but suburban toronto voters. they are the ones keeping in office. that blue is rob ford. >> looks like a crack crystal. >> a them act candidacy and administration. >> as far as i understand it, he basically -- the election was one of how bad could he be. i think he'll keep the taxes down. he wasn't really interrogated as a person. there was no one asking, does he smoke crack. that was not a campaign issue. >> apparently it now n
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